This week in Winning Post

The Group 2 Australia Stakes kicks off a huge Australia Day weekend this Friday night, with classy Canberra sprinter Fell Swoop looking to push his earnings past $2 million and springboard into an elusive Group 1 win.

The Valley meeting is your entree to a bumper weekend of racing, and we've got a bumper 104-page Winning Post to cover it.

Saturday sees the Blue Diamond Previews and John Dillon Stakes at Caulfield, the Australia Day Cup and Carrington Stakes at Randwick, the Sunshine Coast Cup and plenty more.

Our form coverage kicks off on Friday with full form guides for The Valley night meeting plus Mornington and Port Macquarie during the day, as well as fields, colours and selections for Goulburn, Port Lincoln, Rockhampton, Toowoomba and Narrogin.

The metro racing this Saturday is at Caulfield in Melbourne, Randwick in Sydney, Morphettville in SA, the Sunshine Coast in Queensland and Ascot in Perth.

Winning Post carries full-colour liftout guides for all those meetings plus bet365 Yarra Valley (Vic/SA/Tas edition), Newcastle(NSW edition) and Gold Coast (Queensland edition), as well as fields, tips, ratings and/or colours for other TAB Saturday cards.

On Sunday we've got liftout formguides for four more TAB meetings including Great Western Cup day and Sky Racing Stakes day in Hobart plus fields, ratings, tips and colours for a stack more Sunday and Monday programs.

Don't forget Winning Post now carries trackwork reports for all four Melbourne training tracks, all three in Sydney, Morphettville in Adelaide and a general Brisbane report.

Away from the form, we've got news columns from Queensland, NSW, six Victorian districts, SA and Tasmania.

Our readers have their say on page 4, while further back in the book Shane Templeton reminisces, Paul Richards presents his unique take on the sport, Tony Kneebone brings you his Snippets column and Number Cruncher delivers the stats that matter.

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Inside Winning Post January 26 edition you'll find liftout form guides for:
The Valley (night), Mornington, Port Macquarie
Caulfield, Randwick, Morphettville, Sunshine Coast, Ascot, bet365 Yarra Valley (Vic/SA/Tas edition), Newcastle (NSW edition), Gold Coast (Qld edition)
bet365 Geelong, Great Western, Wyong, Hobart
After Tuesday?s trial seventh, will Winx go through this prep undefeated?
Eye Catchers
Each week Paul Richards identifies horses from recent race meetings that he believes are ready to win. Here we update you when they are about to have their next start.
Flemington Saturday - R3 N1 Sabotage 8th
Flemington Saturday - R8 N11 Kilmacurragh 10th
Flemington Saturday - R9 N7 Streets of Avalon 8th
Letter of the Week

Galilee the great

In reference to Greg Gade’s letter (5/1), I too am a Galilee fan.
As a young man in my early 20s I was  driving semis between Adelaide and Darwin. On race days I would stop off somewhere for a bet and a drink.
The 1966 Caulfield Cup saw me in Alice Springs and I put it all on Galilee.
A big day followed.
November saw me in Tennant Creek for Melbourne Cup day.
I parked my semi behind the betting shop and again put it all on Galilee.
Stinking hot weather, radio in pub playing up, static squeak … they’re off. Barman still playing with radio.
Someone shouts, “Bernie’s got it on in his ute!”
The whole bar rushes out on to the hot, dusty street. Great result.
The truck didn’t go anywhere that day.
I followed Galilee through all his other unbelievable wins.
A mighty horse, trained by a champion.

R.J. Wear
Port Lincoln (SA)
Today's Racing
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Social Networking

Paul Richards introduces a fun formula each week designed to come up with the odd winner for those looking for a small interest or to see if systems really work. On this page he subjects Saturday's fields to one of those systems: